Entering a phone number into the Google search engine can produce a home address and a map with directions to that address.
Type your home telephone number into Google’s search bar & click the search button . . . MapQuest returns with a physical location of your phone number. People could use this feature to locate your home address, and receive explicit directions on how to get there from anywhere in the country.
You can remove your name off this database
To do this: Type in your full phone number — using dashes — like this: 555-555-5555.
If your number appears in the mapping database, an icon resembling a telephone will appear to left of the entry on the results page. Click on this icon and it will take you to a page containing a description of the service, and a link to request your number be removed! Recheck your phone # to be sure it has been removed. Also, if you have children, please check their phone # too!
As to the issue of whether this Google feature is a shocking “invasion of privacy,” there are a few points to keep in mind:
- This feature is not “new” — the PhoneBook service has been offered by Google for several years now.
- This feature does not work for every phone number. Some classes of phone numbers, such as unpublished phone numbers (i.e., numbers belonging to customers who have requested that their local phone service providers not publish their numbers in printed phone directories or make them available through directory assistance), will not display.
Fort Myers restaurant Mad Fresh Bistro has banned ketchup for all their patrons over the age of 10.
“Chef reserves the right to refuse service of ketchup,” reads the menu.
Mad Fresh Bistro’s logic is they season their food well and it should not be smothered by the processed, tomato-based condiment.
We know, we know. People love their ketchup. But honestly, be ready. If you’re over 10 years old, ketchup will NOT be provided. Similarly, salt won’t be making an appearance next to your meal, either. We simply ask that you trust us. We know what we’re doing! Part of the MAD experience is to trust the chef, and not have preconceived notions of what your dish is going to need.